Vietnam considers 2022 2G shutdown

9 Oct 2019

Vietnam is considering shutting down 2G networks from 1 January 2022, under a plan being considered by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC). VnExpress reports that the move would free up frequencies which could then be used for more advanced technologies, in order to improve efficiency and meet telecoms operators’ rising demand for mobile spectrum.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Vietnam is currently home to five mobile network operators, namely: military-run market leader Viettel Telecom; VNPT-Vinaphone and MobiFone, both of which are owned by the state; Vietnamobile, which is a joint stock company (JSC) between Hanoi Telecom Company (HTC) and Hutchison Asia Telecom (HAT); and state-owned GTel Mobile (Gmobile).